Features editor Karien Slabbert says “don’t make me blush”
At the end of each year, all the major international paint houses introduce their colour for the year ahead. This colour, which is carefully chosen by a panel of experts, is said to reflect the international zeitgeist.
Sonica Bucksteg, colour specialist at Dulux, says a gamut of factors plays a role in determining the chosen hue. “For example, what is the international economic situation? Is it optimistic, or are we in a global recession? What do we, as a society, yearn for most? Do we want to feel part of the global village or do we seek a calm repose away from the humdrum? Are we harking back to the past, or thinking about the future? The list goes on.”
How we live now
Feast your eyes on the Dulux Colour of the Year 2015: Copper Blush.
According to Dulux, this warmer spectrum of pink, red and orange reflects a more positive global outlook. Rebecca Williamson, senior international colour design & content manager at Dulux, comments, “All research points to this orangey, coppery tone. As witnessed at global events from Stockholm to Shanghai, metallic colour tones are playing an increasingly important role in modern design.”
It’s quite different to the cooler hues seen in recent years, such as the Dulux Colour of the Year 2014, Teal:
It’s warmer, softer and more inviting. Plus, it’s versatile and can be used in a range of settings.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be painting a focal wall in Copper Blush to create a warm and inviting space.